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Well the weather wasn't the warmest and I feared that the day would have to be cancelled due to the heavy fog I was traveling in. To my surprise it dispersed 5 minutes from the venue. Given the icy conditions and freezing fog, I didn't expect high numbers but a few hard core members showed up to do battle with dead air. With no wind we set the court up at the top of rise with hope of increasing distances for the day. It wasn't to be so as the drawback of a slight incline behind us meant hitting the deck was more likely( i did) . As always the craic was great, each one of us trying to change the swing to compensate to the slight incline. It meant lower distances, more casts out left and Benny casting low enough to have the lead land in the ground,bounce out and travel another 10yards. After marking where the lead came to rest, two casts later he beat it. Bobby had to leave early and we followed soon after and I was happy to go as after thumping the ground behind the oche (again) the back was starting to complain.

The results

Tommy. 125g=198yards
Bobby. 125g=187yards
Mc 150g=209yards
175g=211yards

Sean NCR
Benny. NCR
 
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Hows the back today Martin ?:)


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Next Sunday the 4th of December is a field day, I hope to be there, may not be doing a lot of casting as unwell but I will be there for the usual craic. Hope to see you all there
 
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Well it was business as usual for the UCC. Freezing cross court wind with us casting across the slope in the top field - lovely! Thankfully the rain stayed away leaving us to deal with the cold and rising ground around the oche. We actually managed to get through the day without anyone decking their weight on the powerstroke but of course there were a few snap-offs to contend with, all of which were eventually found. With injury, illness, work commitment and the holding power of a warm bed the attendance was well down to only four today but we gave it our best and the craic was still up to it's usual standard! As expected there were no big casts today with the freezing cold and crosswind but we gave it a go and the results are as follows -

Results 4-12-2016

Benny - NCR

Bobby - 125g - 188y

MC - 100g - 217y

Sean - 221y
 

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Sunday the 18th of December 2016 is our last event of the year and with the next one due on New Year's Day it may the last for 4 weeks.

Hope to see as many members as possible as its secret pairs and prize giving
 
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Results for secret pairs 2016

Todays event was the last one of 2016 so tradition demanded a bit of fun to finish the year off. This usually means a secret pairs competition. Basically everyone casts in 8 rounds through the day on whichever weight they choose and at the end of the day their longest cast is recorded. Everyones names are then put into a hat (or handy local supermarket polly bag) and names are drawn out 2 at a time to make up pairs. The longest combines distance wins! Simple!

We ended up in the top field to the right today with hopes of utilizing the breeze. It started off with the wind blowing nearly straight down the court but after a round or two it changed to blowing across court, as usual. What we were not ready for was the soft muddy ground at the top of the field. Even the 4x4 vehicles had real trouble crossing it. It also meant a decided lack of grip at the oche which made for an interesting day of slipping and sliding about. Really surprised nobody fell over and nobody decked their weight. Of course some managed the conditions better than others with David Miller putting on a fine display of casting and ending the day with a new PB and the overall longest cast of the day of 255yards - well done David. We also ran a centerline contest with Tommy Mawhinney taking that by just under a yard at 213yards, again well done.

We had a prize giving at the end of the day to finish thing off before realising we still had to get the 2 4x4s back out of the field. Much pushing and shoving, swearing and sticky mud flying about the place and it was time to go home. Oh, deep joy - bring on next year..!

Results :-
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Individual longest casts -

David - 255y
Alan - 229y
Sean - 224y
MC - 220y
Tommy - 213y
Benny - 203y
Bobby 197y
Scrab - NCR
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Secret pairs teams -

Bobby & David - 197+255 = 452y = 1st place
Tommy & MC - 213+220 = 433y = 2nd place
Sean+Benny = 224+203 = 427y = 3rd place
Scrab+Alan = NCR+229 = 229y = 4th place
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Longest overall cast of the day was David with 255y (new PB)
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Closest to the centerline was Tommy with less than 1yard at 213y distance
 
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UCC dates for 2017

January
1st,15th,29th

February
12th,26th
The 12th is 175g day

March
12th,26th

April
9th,23rd
The 9th is 150g day

May
7th,21st
The 7th is light line day

June
4th,18th

July
2nd,16th,30th
The 2nd is 1oz and 18g plug day

August
13th,27th

September
10th,24th
The 24th is 125g day

October
8th,22nd

November
5th,19th
The 5th is 100g day

December
3rd,17th,31st
The 17th is secret pairs and prize giving day
 
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Today was the first event of 2017 for the club and in continuation from last year it was a hard day. The temperature was a little milder than of recent days but it was still cool and very breezy. The wind had us beat before we got to the field to be honest. Blowing WNW all day across court between 25 to 32mph had us in the top sloping field but casting from the wrong end. The ground was not level and rose sharply to the rightside at the oche and to the rear - perfect for driving your weight into. We were also casting across the slope again with the court running slightly up hill. The ground around the oche was water laden and quickly started to turn muddy but it held up better than at some recent events. Uneven and sloping ground made for more of a problem than being slippery underfoot.

With a limited turn out we made the best of the conditions and casting began. Pretty uneventful on the distance front but that was to be expected given the conditions but I think most of us were just happy to get out for a few hours and flex some carbon and a few muscles. Already looking forward to the next event!

Results for 15-1-2017

David - 100g - 210yards

Alan - 175g - 207yards

MC -DNC

Benny - DNC

Stevie -NCR

Sean - 75g - NCR
 
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Today was the first event of 2017 for the club and in continuation from last year it was a hard day. The temperature was a little milder than of recent days but it was still cool and very breezy. The wind had us beat before we got to the field to be honest. Blowing WNW all day across court between 25 to 32mph had us in the top sloping field but casting from the wrong end. The ground was not level and rose sharply to the rightside at the oche and to the rear - perfect for driving your weight into. We were also casting across the slope again with the court running slightly up hill. The ground around the oche was water laden and quickly started to turn muddy but it held up better than at some recent events. Uneven and sloping ground made for more of a problem than being slippery underfoot.

With a limited turn out we made the best of the conditions and casting began. Pretty uneventful on the distance front but that was to be expected given the conditions but I think most of us were just happy to get out for a few hours and flex some carbon and a few muscles. Already looking forward to the next event!

Results for 15-1-2017

David - 100g - 210yards

Alan - 175g - 207yards

MC -DNC

Benny - DNC

Stevie -NCR

Sean - 75g - NCR
Well done lads. Some very good distances there under the circumstances... wish I could still hit 200 + on Any!!! side wind - never mind 20 -25 mph.
Not wanting to teach granny to suck eggs but on a rising oche rather than fight it and risk (possibly serious ) injury why not have an O.T.G. comp.?? It's just as much fun...
Maybe a bit more actually because it's different??!??:):D:thumbsup:
 

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Well done lads. Some very good distances there under the circumstances... wish I could still hit 200 + on Any!!! side wind - never mind 20 -25 mph.
Not wanting to teach granny to suck eggs but on a rising oche rather than fight it and risk (possibly serious ) injury why not have an O.T.G. comp.?? It's just as much fun...
Maybe a bit more actually because it's different??!??:):D:thumbsup:

Hiya sir, thanks for your idea, might start the OTG days again if the grass is short enough
 
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Next Sunday the 29th of January 2017 is another chance to get out and rage against the carbon. Just to remind you all that our 175g day is coming up soon
 

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Rage against the Carbon:thumbsup: and the dying of the light Martin.:BigGrin:


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Sunday the 29th of January 2017 saw most of the club members gather to do battle with carbon. With the wind, meaning little or no breeze blowing south we could set the court up straight down the field. We had a slight decline to the left and behind the oche but not enough to put us off. A few snap offs and a bad batch of shock leader saw us looking for a few leads. As usual the craic was great as the practice session for the upcoming 175g saw some members try different styles or different rods. Whiles others just worked on technique, but with a few injuries still showing on the walking wounded members it should be interesting in two weeks time.

Results

Bobby = NCR

Benny = NCR

Sean = NCR

David 125g = 230y

Alan 125g = 228y

MC 175g = 225y

Stevie R 150g = 253y

Tommy 125g = 202y
 
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Well hello folks, I do hope your all well and happy. Here's some information to brighten up your week and give us all something to look forward to, yes it's the favourite time of year. It's the start of our club league, which as always starts with the wee 175g. So this Sunday the 12th of February 2017 is our 175g day, there will 8 to 10 casts on the 175g before measurements are taken. Once the court is set up there will be a practice round or two before the competition starts and the banter flows. See you all Sunday full of enthusiasm, I hope
 
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Report for Cairncastle 12-2-17. 175g day

Well today had it's good points (few but there were a few) and as usual it's bad points.

Good points -
1, We got to go casting!
2, It didn't rain - only a light dusting of snow.
3, The field didn't turn to mud (for the most part)
4, More than 3 people turned up.
5, We had a semi decent wind almost in the direction we were casting!
6, Nobody died...
Bad points -
1, It was damned cold and the wind made it worse.
2, It was 175g day...
3, It was cold.
4, We were forced to cast up hill due to the wind direction.
5 It was cold.

Still as they say it was the same conditions for everyone there. The 175g is not a favourite weight to be honest but as it is one of the clubs core weights it has at some point to be cast and today was it's day. Four of the six casters braved the conditions to waggle their tubes of carbon around in the vein hope of doing something decent with it. The other two thought better of it and bowed out to preserve body and equipment.

We managed to get the use of the field to the right as it best suited the wind direction but it meant having to cast up hill. That was a killer for a start but having to chuck a weight that felt more like a house brick up it as well was a task of grim determination and stamina. Everyone made it through the scheduled 10 rounds pretty much unscathed. Thankfully the rain stayed away but we did receive a light dusting of snow that resembled soft hail but thankfully it didn't last long. At the end of the event everyone was relieved that it was over and we could go home for some much needed heat. So it's a fond farewell and good bloody ridance to the 175g weight, at least until next year. Well done to MC for taking first place today!

Results for the 175g club event, 12-2-2017 -

Bobby= ncr
Benny=167y
Tommy=186y
MC=207y
Sean= dnc
StevieR=dnc

Results for other leads

Sean 50g= 207y
StevieR 150g= 246y
 
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Hello lads, here is your weeks advance notice of the fact that next Sunday the 26th of February 2017 is a field day and I do hope to see you all there.

Anyone who wishes to improve their cast is more than welcome to come along, we are more than happy to help and won't slag you, well not much, it the northern Irish way with the craic, lol. So come along have some fun and maybe add a little distance to your cast.
 
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It could be said that the forecast was right - sort of. There was wind. There was rain. The wind was close to the directions as forecast at the start and the force was up there from time to time. Unfortunately it changed direction much sooner that forecast to blow straight across court half way through the day and gust to over 40mph for good measure. Not really the best conditions for the lighter weights. Trying to swing 75g out into the gusts just wasn't happening. Even 100g was a handful to control. The rain was also heavier than forecast and lasted all day right to the end. Of course it stopped just after we packed up and you'd be forgiven in thinking that it was actually a nice sunny day! We knew better though.

The club has had the pleasure of casting in all sorts of conditions and adverse weather over the years but I have to say that today was the first time where we actually cast at an oche that was literally under water! During our time in the field we watched as each field below us became flooded and turned into assorted ponds and lakes. We were in the top field to the left and had the pleasure of watching the dry stone seperation wall between us and the field above turn into a series of waterfalls all the way along it. Quite pretty really. All that water had to go somewhere though and it did. It formed into several streams that flowed straight across our field to the fields below. As a result I think all of those who braved the conditions have now developed webbed feet. The wind added it's part and turned anything (that would be everything) that was wet icey cold. It was a very uncomfortable day to be sure and our worst event in a long time.

We had six members turn up today but two never made it out of their cars and left before the event even got under way. That left 4 hearty souls (read - bloody idiots!) to do battle with the sloping field and weather. The windchill meant we were freezing and trying to grip wet spools was a real challenge so it was a pleasent surprise that we only had a couple of snap-offs all day. Obviously no-one was going to hit big distances but there was still some friendly competition to be had as Tommy pushed MC for the longest cast of the day.

Results for 26-2-2017

Tommy =125g - 211y
MC =175g - 201y
125g- 216y
Benny =125g - NCR
Sean = 75g - NCR
 
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Love hearing that there are people as crazy as me out there :alien:

Great to see the dedication ( Insanity ) and well done to the guys that did.
Hopefully I will be able to meet up with a few of you in 2018 as Sue and I are hoping to come over there.

Take care and look forward to hearing about the next event :BigGrin:
 

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Love hearing that there are people as crazy as me out there :alien:

Great to see the dedication ( Insanity ) and well done to the guys that did.
Hopefully I will be able to meet up with a few of you in 2018 as Sue and I are hoping to come over there.

Take care and look forward to hearing about the next event :BigGrin:
Thank you sir and hope to see on the field sometime too
 
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